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This week: Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis play two North Carolina congressional candidates engaged in a hilariously contentious race for votes in "The Campaign," which arrives on disc just before we cast our vote for the next President.
Also new this week is the acclaimed indie film "Safety Not Guaranteed," a Criterion Collection edition of "Rosemary's Baby" and the must-own massive Blu-ray set "Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection."
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Box Office: $86 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 66% Fresh
Storyline: After a scandal sours the appeal of North Carolina congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) with voters, an awkward, unlikely candidate named Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) begins to win over voters with his seeming wholesomeness. However, Marty is a pawn in a larger game being played by his backers, the corrupt Motch brothers (John Lithgow and Dan Akyroyd), as the two congressional candidates trade barbs and employ hilarious smear-campaign tactics.
Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray have nine deleted scenes; BD exclusives include a brief reel of alternate lines and improvisations as well as a short gag reel of bloopers.
We Say: Timed for release right before we all vote for our next President, "The Campaign" is a fantastically funny way to decompress after months of campaigning, debates and polls. Ferrell and Galifianakis exploit the circus known as American politics for some gut-busting laughs that call attention to how absurd the whole process is.
'Safety Not Guaranteed'
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Box Office: $4 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Fresh
Storyline: This Sundance award winner follows three cynical Seattle magazine employees (Aubrey Plaza, Jake M. Johnson and Karan Soni) who answer the classified ad of an oddball supermarket clerk, Kenneth (Mark Duplass), who believe he has figured out how to travel back in time and plans on doing so again soon. Although each of the magazine workers has a different reason for tracking down Kenneth and his alleged time machine, they come to realize that maybe it's all not as crazy as it sounds.
Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a making-of featurette as well as one that looks at the original ad that inspired the movie.
We Say: This heartfelt, charming story is for people — especially young professionals in their 20s and 30s — that sometimes feel like their dreams have faded. The strong performances by everyone in the cast just might reinvigorate you.
'Rosemary's Baby' Blu-ray
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Box Office: $33 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 98% Fresh
Storyline: Roman Polanski's American debut is about a young woman named Rosemary (Mia Farrow) who becomes paranoid and increasingly suspicious of her husband and intrusive neighbors after she becomes pregnant. What she doesn't know is that her aspiring actor husband would literally sell his soul to the Devil for a shot at becoming famous ... and that their neighbors are more than happy to help.
Extras! The Blu-ray contains a whole new 47-minute retrospective with Polanski, Farrow and producer Robert Evans as well as an interview with author Ira Levin about his book "Son of Rosemary" and a documentary on composer Krzysztof Komeda.
We Say: Boasting a 4K transfer from the original 35mm negative supervised by Polanski, this Criterion Collection Blu-ray debut is nothing short of spectacular for a 1968 slow-burn thriller that still gets under the skin.
'Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection' Blu-ray
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Box Office: N/A
Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
Storyline: This handsome set is the Holy Grail for many film collectors as it contains 15 of Alfred Hitchock's finest films. "Psycho" and "North by Northwest" have already been released on Blu-ray, but the other 13 — "Saboteur," "Shadow of a Doubt," "Rope," "Rear Window," "The Trouble with Harry," "The Man Who Knew Too Much," "Vertigo," "The Birds," "Marnie," "Torn Curtain," "Topaz," "Frenzy" and "Family Plot" — all make their high-def debuts in this definitive box set.
Extras! In addition to coming packaged with a 58-page booklet loaded with original artwork and trivia, the "Masterpiece Collection" has a total of over 15 hours of featurettes, deleted scenes, commentaries, TV spots and more that have been ported over from the previous DVD releases.
We Say: Although this impressive set comes with an equally impressive price tag (it'll set you back $225 on Amazon), it's worth it to have 15 classics by the Master of Suspense on Blu-ray. "Vertigo" recently supplanted "Citizen Kane" as the greatest film of all time according to "Sight and Sound," and we defy anyone to find a blemish on the gorgeous pristine transfer that makes it look as if it were filmed yesterday rather than 1958. "Rear Window" and "The Birds," especially, also have a new luster thanks to a meticulous high-definition makeover.
Also New This Week:
"A Christmas Story 2"
"The Three Stooges in 3D" Blu-ray 3D